Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy #2
Published by Scribner on June 2, 2015
A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.
Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.
Why I picked it up:
I loved Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King and wanted to continue on with Hodges ‘ unconventional crime-solving with Finders Keepers.
It was a set up for a “creepy crawly” will Morris Bellamy stop with Rothstein? Where could this story lead? In other words, I was drawn in with King’s first words.
When I closed the book:
A very fast read, especially at the end. I couldn’t imagine how the author could wrap everything up in such a short span.
Morris Bellamy is the male version of Misery’s Annie Wilkies. he appears harmless and just a star-struck fan until you get to close and see the crazy in his eyes. I also liked how Stephen King tied in the city center killing from the first novel in the trilogy as well as bringing back characters of old, ie Jerome and Janey. I was reminded of Dickens who never created a throwaway character, Stephen King never includes a thought that won’t be examined later.